Ian Kinsler will be the Rangers’ second baseman, Jurickson Profar in the minors

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There was a brief period in the early offseason when it was thought that perhaps prospect Jurickson Profar would be given the Rangers’ second base job, moving Ian Kinsler to first base.  But that’s out the window:

 

I’m assuming Profar’s ineffectiveness and forearm inflammation in winter ball put to rest any notion of giving him the second base job. If, indeed, that notion ever truly resided in Ron Washington’s head. Kid is still 19 years-old, after all.

Profar, it would seem, will start the season in Triple-A, where he has yet to play. He hit .281/.368/.452 in a full season in the Texas League last year which is pretty astounding for a guy his age. But really, nothing will be harmed and much could be gained by giving him some more time in the minors.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.